How to Run a Percolation Test Part 1
The following steps outline the procedure for performing a Percolation Test. This is part 1 in our series on How to Run a Percolation Test.
- Dig at least six test holes. The holes should be:
- Evenly spaced, approximately 30-40 feet apart, but not less than 30 feet, in the area of the proposed septic field.
- At least six inches in diameter. Larger holes are acceptable, but will require more water.
- Dig to a depth of 24 inches.
- No closer than 3 feet to the 48-inch test hole.
- No closer than 75 feet to the nearest water well or proposed water well.
- No closer than 5 feet to any lot line or easement.
- No closer than 20 feet to any building.
- Not located in any easement or flood plain area.
- Not located in any area that has previously failed a percolation test.